This group will be made up of people from across the region, with experience and/or expertise in being homeless, being part of a marginalized group such as people of color and others, serving houseless people, culturally specific services, business, philanthropy, racial equity, systems alignment and related fields. The group will work to strengthen coordination and alignment of how the program works, across the Metro region, to address homelessness more effectively. The purpose of the group is not to supplant the community-centered work happening in each county, but to strengthen effectiveness by helping counties regionalize appropriate aspects of the program.
This group is a new opportunity, separate from both the Affordable Housing Bond Community Oversight Committee (which was recently open to new members) and the Supportive Housing Services Regional Oversight Committee. The tri-county planning body is different from an oversight committee in that it develops and implements an initiative to set goals and strategies for regional coordination and investments. It will therefore be especially important for members to have deep expertise in key areas, which are outlined in the application.
Read more about what the committee is charged with, and how to apply. Applications will be accepted through February 18, 2022.
People with lived experience of homelessness are strongly encouraged to apply. Metro provides the following stipends to help people attend and be part of the planning body:
$40 Child Care stipend
$25 transportation stipend
$25 internet service stipend
A planning body member can apply for one or all three of the stipends.
FIRST QUARTERLY REPORTS
Metro has received the first quarterly reports from Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington Counties documenting their progress in expanding and improving service delivery to homeless people and those at risk of homelessness. Since July 2021, all three counties have begun receiving funds from the Metro tax, and made progress in increasing their capacity and serving the community through a range of programs including increased staffing, improved systems for intake and referral and new and expanded programs like shelter and long-term rent assistance. First quarterly reports cover July, August and September 2021.
These reports will be discussed in depth at the regional oversight committee meeting on January 31, 2022, from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and more information and highlights will then be released. In the meantime, check out Washington County’s first quarter report which is already publicly available.